take a writing vacation in beautiful dubrovnik 

This workshop is for women who want to focus on claiming your voice as a writer and getting the time you need to work on your chosen writing project. Set within an inspiring location, you will write every day, and you will deepen your writing craft by learning new techniques. You'll also enjoy the support of other women writers who are just excited as you about writing.

The backdrop for the workshop is world-famous Dubrovnik and Cavtat, filled with churches, castles and gastronomic delights. We'll sample a bit of everything to feed our work. 


The backdrop for the workshop is world-famous Dubrovnik, filled with churches, castle and gastronomic delights! We'll sample a bit of everything. 

Mornings will be spent learning the craft of writing and applying it to your chosen writing project. Afternoons will be for working on your own writing and workshopping it with the group (if you're ready). On two of the afternoons, we will travel around Dubrovnik - visiting historic places. You'll end the week having made significant progress on outlining a new book, writing a few chapters, having done research, or feeling completely invigorated by refining your writing craft. 

You'll be guided by Allison Quaid, a skilled writing coach, and you'll find yourself in the supportive company of other women writers.

Imagine...a whole week dedicated to you and your writing! All writers at any level of experience are welcome, even if you’re not yet calling yourself a writer.  

We specialize in first-time writers, those who have a book in them that is yearning to come out, but might not have started yet.

All you need is the desire to write and a willingness to allow the writing to happen.

 

Schedule of Writing Activities - May 6 - 12, 2018

Sunday:   Villa check-in at 4 p.m. for guests, group dinner at 19.00 / 7 p.m.

Monday:   Getting Started On Your Writing

  • 9:00 - 10:30   Welcome & Creativity Sprints
  • 10:30 - 12:30  Writing Craft: What to Write & Where to Start
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00    Solo Writing Time / Writing Coaching
  • 5:00 - 6:00    Creative Support Check-in: Share your daily progress
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Tuesday:   Compelling Characters & Transformational Arcs

  • 9:00 - 10:00   Creativity Sprints
  • 10:00 - 12:30   Writing Craft: Identifying Your Character's Transformational Arc
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00    Solo Writing Time / Writing Coaching
  • 5:00 - 6:00    Creative Support Check-in: Share your daily progress
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Wednesday:  Plotting Your Story Structure

  • 9:00 - 10:00   Creativity Sprints
  • 10:00 - 11:00   Writing Craft: Plotting Your Action and Story Structure
  • 11:00 - 5:00   Dubrovnik Literary Adventure
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Group dinner (optional)

Thursday:   Sensory Details and Unforgettable Scenes

  • 9:00 - 10:00   Creativity Sprints
  • 10:00 - 12:30   Writing Craft: Vivid Details Make Unforgettable Passages
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00    Solo Writing Time or Seaside Lounge
  • 5:00 - 6:00    Creative Support Check-in: Share your daily progress
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Friday:   Establishing a Creative Writing Practice

  • 9:00 - 10:00   Creativity Sprints
  • 10:00 - 12:30   Writing Craft: Establishing a Successful Writing Practice
  • 12:30 - 2:00   Group Lunch
  • 2:00 - 5:00    Solo Writing Time / Dubrovnik / Cavtat writing in Cafes
  • 5:00 - 6:00    Creative Support Check-in: Share your daily progress
  • 6:00 - 9:00    Cocktail hour & Group dinner (optional)

Retreat ends

CHECK-OUT IS ON SATURDAY, MAY 12TH AT 10 A.M.


Dates & Locations

May 6 - 12, 2018

Dubrovnik & Cavtat, Croatia

Pricing

(us dollars)

  • $1, 495 (book lodging on your own at an adjacent property in Cavtat, we have recommendations)
  • $1,995 (shared villa bedroom, 6 nights)
  • $2,395 (private villa bedroom, 6 nights) 

Please note that the lodging will be held at two villas within short walking distance to one another. Please inquire for photos of the second villa, private rooms at the villa shown on this page are already sold out, only one shared room is still available.

Registration fee covers all group activities from May 6 to May 12 , and includes 6 fresh, delicious, locally-sourced breakfasts and five lunches.

Retreat is limited to 10 participants. Only two spots remaining - sign up today!

Reserve your seat today by making a non-refundable $500 deposit on the registration page.. Full payment is due three months before the workshop. Contact us with any questions.

Logistical Information:

Retreat Location

We've chosen Cavtat, a seaside village in Croatia, filled with sunny views of the ocean, gourmet restaurants and a historic village, as it has the quaint, quiet and inspiring atmosphere conducive to writing.  It is only a stone's throw from Dubrovnik, known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.

We'll  take two day trips to the bustling city of Dubrovnik. Address and directions will be provided following registration.

Lodging

Lodging is offer at two villas.  One villa with five rooms is an enchanting 17- Century mansion filled with modern appliances, furnishings and an indoor pool. The other is a historic stone villa with a zen garden and seaside view balcony. Both are located in downtown Cavtat, minutes from the Dubrovnik airport, in a sunny seaside town that features appetizing restaurants.